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By Brad Berman ·
June 27, 2017

Volkswagen Reveals Two More Long-Range Electric Cars in the Works

Volkswagen unveiled its all-electric I.D. Concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show and its I.D. Crozz crossover concept in Shanghai in April 2017. The four-door I.D. Crozz, displayed in Shanghai, is expected to travel more than 300 miles on a single charge. It is slated for production in 2020. This week a slide presentation leaked via Autoblog Netherlands revealed two more new models heading to the US market sometime between 2019 and 2022. The two models, the I.D. Lounge and I.D. AEROe, appear to be a full-sized SUV and a small hatchback respectively.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 21, 2017

Electric Cars Rack Up Nearly Perfect Safety Ratings

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV was on Tuesday awarded a “Top Safety Pick” award by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It became the first 2017 model-year EV to be awarded as a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. Like other previously tested EVs, the Bolt scored high on nearly every crash test but fell short on the quality of its headlights.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 15, 2017

Following Chevy and Tesla, Asian Carmakers Plan for Long-Range EVs

The new era of affordable long-range electric cars was launched when the 238-mile Chevrolet Bolt went on sale in December. By the end of 2017, the Bolt will be joined by the Tesla Model 3, which will offer similar range for a similar price of about $30,000 after tax incentives. Those two models put American car manufacturers in the lead for practical long-range EVs. But, based on statements from executives from Asian carmakers, car shoppers will soon have the choice of similar long-range EVs from Nissan, Hyundai and others.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 13, 2017

Chrysler Recalls Pacifica Plug-in Hybrids

Chrysler issued a voluntary recall this week of its 2017 Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid, the industry’s first minivan available as a conventional and plug-in hybrid. Sales of the model began in April of this year. Just three months later, the company received reports from customers about a loss of propulsion. The problem could increase the risk of an accident, although no incidents or injuries have been reported. Owners can call 800-853-1403 for further details.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 09, 2017

Chevy Bolt Will Be Available Nationwide by August

General Motors announced this week that it will accelerate its plans to sell the 238-mile Chevy Bolt electric car throughout the United States. All authorized dealerships nationwide can now order the Bolt for deliveries in August rather than September, as previously planned.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 07, 2017

Seven New Plug-in Hybrids Arriving This Year, 100 Models by 2021

The market for plug-in hybrid vehicles is set for transformational growth, according to a report released last week by Frost and Sullivan. “The plug-in hybrid market is set for high demand and growth,” said Pooja Bethi, an analyst at Frost & Sullivan. The firm forecasts that 100 new plug-in hybrid models would be launched by 2021. About seven models are coming this year, from BMW, Cadillac, Honda, Hyundai and Volvo.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 02, 2017

Despite Mixed Reviews, Prius Prime Tops Plug-in Sales in May

The Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid outsold all other electric models in May. That marked the second straight month in the top spot for Toyota’s plug-in hybrid that grants 25 miles of all-electric driving before resorting to gasoline. The model's relatively low price tag could partly explain why the Prius Prime is beating cars like the Chevy Volt and Tesla Model S, but it’s not the whole story.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 31, 2017

New EPA Data Shows That EVs Are Very Clean, And Getting Cleaner

EV critics are fond of explaining that the energy to power an electric car has to come from somewhere. They make the argument that EVs plugged into the grid in coal-dependent regions of the US aren’t nearly as clean and green as you might imagine. The Union of Concerned Scientists went back to the drawing board with new EPA data on emission from electricity generation and today published its findings: For more than 70 percent of Americans, driving an EV results in fewer emissions than a 50-mpg gas-powered car.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 25, 2017

One Week Before Unveiling, Tesla Model 3 Specs Are Revealed

With one week to go before Tesla unveils a production version of the Tesla Model 3, more details are emerging about the company’s upcoming $35,000 EV. The unveiling will take place at a VIP event at Tesla’s Fremont factory on June 2 and 3. Regarding performance, we now know via leaked internal company documents that the Model 3 will accelerate to 60 mph in a brisk 5.6 seconds—right in line with the 75-kWh version of the Model S.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 23, 2017

Southern California Edison Offers $450 to EV Drivers, Even Second Owners

Southern California Edison, which provides electricity to 14 million people, this week started offering a $450 reward to customers who drive plug-in vehicles. Utilities in California, and other states such as Georgia and Florida, have offered perks and special rates for years—but the new SCE incentive makes second and third owners of a vehicle eligible for the payment.

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